Virginia Residential Lease Agreement Form | PDF Template

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The standard residential lease agreement is between a landlord and a tenant that binds them together for a predetermined period of time (commonly 12 months). The items usually most negotiated between the parties are:

  • Rental amount
  • Utility payments – Electricity, water, heat, air conditioning (if any), cable, etc.
  • Fees – Pets (if any) and parking
  • Garbage/waste management

The landlord at their request may ask to view the tenant’s credit and verify employment through the rental application. Most will just want to view the person’s credit score and others may be as extensive as request for references such as previous person’s the tenant has leased. After the verification is complete and the tenant is approved a lease will be drafted and ready for both parties to “close” or authorize.

  • If the housing unit was constructed prior to 1978, the tenant must sign the lead based paint disclosure. After authorization it must be attached to the agreement.
  • For more information about landlord-tenant rights, see the Virginia State Laws (Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)